When Nintendo took to the stage at the Nintendo Switch reveal and showed off ARMS for the first time. Many people (myself included) were sceptical. It looked all kinds of ridiculous and not at all to be what gamers were wanting Nintendo to announce. Well, after spending many hours with the game, I’m convinced that ARMS is a great example of what Nintendo needs to do more of with the Switch.
As soon as you boot the game up, you’re overloaded with visual charm. It’s bright, vibrant and full of personality. The hero of ARMS are without doubt the 10 characters on display. For the most part, they’re loveable. Like Overwatch, there’s not much background to each character provided in-game and it’s largely up to your imagination to figure out where they’ve come from as well as their current place in the world. If there was ever a game which I was yearning to have Amiibo for, it’s ARMS.Whilst it seems quite shallow at first, the depth of ARMS comes with the fact that each character has their own special ability. For example, Spring Man will enter unlimited charged attacks when he’s low on health. Further to this, each character starts off with a choice of three ARMS and you can mix and match as you see fit. There’s seven ARMS attributes including Fire, Ice, Wind, Stun, Electricity, Explosion and Blind. Combining your ARMS with the special ability of each character, can dramatically change the outcome of the fight.
The game was originally thought to be a title that’s primarily played using the Joy-Con (and motion controls) and the game is fun that way, but before you jump into anything serious, you’ll want to pick up a traditional controller. Motion controls are a lot of fun when someone is standing next to you, but traditional controls make ARMS feel like an entirely different game (in a good way).The Grand Prix is where most players will start. It’s essentially the single-player portion of the game which challenges you win 10 straight matches (on a number of different difficulty levels). It’s an absolute blast to play through, but once you’ve gone through it once, there isn’t a whole lot of reason to go back.